UDA is pleased to introduce Nadia Ibrahim-Taney as part of the Dream Maker Program for UDA students.
Nadia studied a degree in the UK and has first-hand knowledge and expertise on how to effectively leverage a British degree in the U.S. job market in order to maximize the chances of landing interviews and negotiating higher salaries.
Nadia Ibrahim-Taney is the founder and principal career coach for Beyond Discovery Coaching. She is an experienced higher education administrator with a prestigious tenure of working with American students in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Nadia founded Beyond Discovery Coaching as a way to combine her previous experience as a British university recruiter representing over 45 UK universities and her current role as a career coach at a U.S. university.
As a career coach, Nadia helps students design happy and fulfilling (dream) careers and mentors students through the transition from university to the professional workplace. Students find her unique insights on resume writing, interview prep and LinkedIn optimization particularly helpful in their job search.
Students are welcome to contact Nadia directly via email in order to learn more about working with her: email@example.com
You can view Nadia’s work on Instagram at @beyonddiscoverycoaching to learn about her career coaching work with students seeking to maximize their career opportunities.
UDA will be hosting a Dream Maker Webinar with Nadia on April 25th 6pm EST for students and their families to learn how Nadia can help with securing their dream career.
UDA sat down to chat with University of Chester, Field Hockey player, Baylee Mueller. Below you can read through her experience at the university, some of her favorite experiences, and how UDA was able to help her achieve her goals.
what has your college life been like, and how is it different from your life in the US?
University in the UK is different from universities in the US in many ways. The biggest difference is how professors and the university view us. They see us as people who want to further their futures. The personal responsibility expected of us and freedom given to us has allowed us to mature and dig deeper into our studies, but also still gives us time to explore the UK and have a social life. Something different to the US is the amount of homework and class time. In my first year I had lectures three days a week, and this year I only had one lecture a day. There was also less homework or busywork—as I like to call it—compared to the US, which I think allowed me to focus on other things and dig deeper into topics that interest me. Another difference is that university in the UK is only three years as they expect you to know what you want to study right away. These three years are all about your major, unlike in the US where you have to take core classes that may have nothing to do with what you want to study.
What do you like the most about studying abroad?
Study abroad has been the best decision I have ever made. It has allowed me to mature, continue to play field hockey, study something that truly interests me, and it has given me access to a part of the world that I never thought I would get to see. I have also met so many people not only from the UK but from all around the world which has allowed me to learn about other cultures instead of the bubble that is the US. It has given me a different perspective on the world.
What do you not like about studying abroad?
A major drawback to studying abroad is that my family and friends are not as accessible as they would be if I were in the US. I have always been independent so I would say it was not as difficult to be in a different country, but for others, it is something to definitely consider when choosing to study abroad.
What are some experiences that have defined your college life?
Some of the most memorable experiences for me while at the University of Chester have mainly involved playing field hockey for the Women’s first team. The first would have to be when I became 1st team captain for the women’s team in my second year and was re-elected my final year. During my second year, I captained the team to a league title for the first time in several years. I took great pride in being a part of a team that could achieve this.
Another memory is when both the men's and women’s hockey clubs went on tour to Italy. We hopped on a tour bus early in the morning and drove from Chester all the way to Rimini, Italy. It was an amazing experience because it not only allowed me to see Europe as we drove through it, but also allowed me to be silly with my best friends and teammates.
Varsity is also another memorable experience. It is a day where we traveled to our rival university, the University of Salford, and every sports team played each other and had a big party together at the end of the day.
What has your athletic experience at the University of Chester has been like?
My time playing for the University of Chester field hockey team has not only allowed me to continue my love for the sport, but it has also given me some lifelong friends. Universities’ sports in the UK are as intense as you want to make it and compared to the US, they allow everyone no matter the skill level to participate. I made the 1st team my first year and captained the 1st team in my second and third year. Unlike the US, we play all year round which I love. We only train 3 days a week and game days for every sports team are on Wednesdays. Playing for the University of Chester has turned my teammates into a family.
UDA is pleased to announce the launch of our new website for prospective students and families who are considering partnering with UDA for their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
The new web design is intended to give a clear indication of the options and opportunities available for families and students. Specifically highlighting options for students who are interested in the opportunities and many advantages a UK degree can offer. Additionally, the site features a comprehensive and easy way to search for the right university fit across all our partner universities.
While UDA uses a personal touch in its recruitment processes, that is just the beginning. Throughout their studies and towards graduation UDA works with students helping them transition into our unique Dream Maker Program™.
Along with the specialized UDA soccer program at the University of Chester, UDA offers students the opportunity to play and study their favorite sports at one of our partner universities. As part of our services, UDA helps prospective students navigate the best sports experience that matches their best academic options.
Why Chester? Why England?
Most people ask me those two questions once I tell them where I go to school. I chose the
University of Chester as it provided great academic opportunities, an opportunity to gain
practical experience, continue to play hockey at a high level for both the University and at a club level, and the opportunity to live overseas. I first visited the University in March of 2018 after I came to the realization that I needed to expand my comfort zone outside of the bubble that was my hometown. I am currently studying event management and business management. A major part of what drew me to the University of Chester was the emphasis on work-based learning. I have found the coursework at university is extremely different compared to my high school experience and previous year at university in Virginia. For my major at least, the classes are divided up into lectures where the week’s lesson is introduced to us and the seminar goes into further detail in small groups. I am only in class three days a week, so on my off days I have the ability to explore the city and or dive deeper into the topics discussed in class by reading articles and academic journals. The rich history of Chester also drew me to chose the University. I walk around exploring the city finding new shops to add to my list of places to visit for a morning cup of tea or dinner with my friends.
My experience at Uni has not only been influenced by academics, but also the people
around me. Additionally, my nationality has also given me friends and many of them are a part of the UDA team. Not only do I have friends from the United States, but from Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and Holland. Everyone at Chester has been so welcoming to me, but I wouldn’t have been able to make these friends if I hadn’t walked down the hall and met the few people hanging out in the hallway. The cliche saying of “leave your door open” is one of the main things that has given me the opportunity to make new friends from all around the world.
Sports has always been a part of my life since I was able to walk, so the ability to join the
hockey society was the cherry on top when choosing Chester. Both the men and women teams welcomed me with open arms. My experience with University hockey has become much more than winning or losing. It has given me a group of friends with common interests. We have enjoyed cooking team meals together on Sundays and themed team socials every Wednesday after our games. The hockey team won their league last year, so there is an expectation to keep winning, but at the same time we have fun while playing. University hockey is only four days a week and many of the girls play club hockey on the university’s off days. This provides me the opportunity to play as much or as little hockey as I would like. Every sport society at Chester is their own unique family. All athletes are welcome no matter their ability level.
My overall time at the University of Chester has been some of the best few months of my
life and for anyone looking to study in the UK or overseas in general, I strongly encourage you to look at the University of Chester.